Turkish military

Erdogan, Putin Discuss Syria as Turkish-Backed Rebels Push to Al-Bab

By Humeyra Pamuk and Orhan Coskun ISTANBUL/ANKARA, Nov 25 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan discussed an attack on Turkish troops in Syria with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday as Turkish-backed rebels pressed an offensive to take the Syrian city of al-Bab from Daesh. The Turkish military has said Thursday’s air strike, which killed

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Turkey says 38 Daesh Militants Killed in Northern Syria

ISTANBUL, Oct 9  – Thirty-eight Daesh militants were killed in northern Syria over the last 24 hours, the Turkish military said on Sunday, marking an escalation of conflict in the area where Syrian rebels, backed by Turkey, are fighting the jihadists. Supported by Turkish tanks and air strikes, rebels have been pushing towards the Daesh

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Turkish Military says 15 Rebels Killed in Clashes in Syria

ISTANBUL, Oct 3 – Clashes in northern Syria have killed 15 Turkey-backed rebels fighting Daesh in the last 24 hours, according to the Turkish military, which launched a cross-border incursion in late August. The latest fighting marks an escalation since Turkish troops crossed the border into Syria on Aug. 24 to back opposition fighters battling Daesh.

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EU Making “Serious Mistakes” Over Failed Turkish Coup: Turkish Minister

ANKARA, Aug 10  – The European Union is making serious mistakes in its response to Turkey’s failed coup and is losing support for EU membership from Turks as a result, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Wednesday. In an interview with the state-run Anadolu agency, Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey’s rapprochement with Russia was not meant as

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Turkish Military Officer Seeking Asylum in U.S. – Officials

By Phil Stewart and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON, Aug 9 – A Turkish military officer on a U.S.-based assignment for NATO is seeking asylum in the United States after being recalled by the Turkish government in the wake of last month’s failed military coup, U.S. officials told Reuters. The asylum bid is the first known case

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Turkey Releases 758 Detained Soldiers as Erdogan Drops Lawsuits

By Yesim Dikmen and Humeyra Pamuk ANKARA/ISTANBUL, Turkey, July 30 – Turkey on Saturday released more than 750 soldiers who had been detained after an abortive coup, state media reported, while President Tayyip Erdogan said he would drop lawsuits against those who had insulted him, in a one-time gesture of “unity”. More than 60,000 people

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Turkey Dismisses Military, Shuts Media Outlets as Crackdown Deepens

By Tulay Karadeniz, Gulsen Solaker and Can Sezer ANKARA/ISTANBUL, July 27 – Turkey on Wednesday deepened a crackdown on suspected followers of a U.S.-based cleric it blames for a failed coup, dismissing nearly 1,700 military personnel and shutting 131 media outlets, moves that may spark more concern among its Western allies. So far, tens of

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Turkey Says No Return to Past Repression Despite State of Emergency

By Humeyra Pamuk and Seda Sezer ISTANBUL, July 21 – Turkey tried to assure its citizens and the outside world on Thursday that there will be no return to the deep repression of the past, even though President Tayyip Erdogan has imposed the first nationwide state of emergency since the 1980s. With Erdogan cracking down

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Erdogan’s Next Move: The Clampdown is On

BY Bessma Momani  When Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in 2002, it was soon heralded as the potential ‘Turkish model’ for the wider Middle East to emulate and follow. Who wouldn’t admire the great success of the AKP in turning the once coup-ridden and economically stagnant country into a regional

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Putsched Out

Turkey’s coup holds lessons for the region By Shadi Hamid On a Friday night, just a day after a horrific attack in Nice, France, that had taken the lives of more than 80, rumors of a military coup in Turkey began to spread. It was a reminder that even the most unlikely things can happen in a

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